Our Story

In late 2002 Susan Barr's daughters were enrolled at Thome Ohio Gymnastics and Susan was training the Girls Gymnastics Team in Ballet. The gym owner encouraged Susan to start her own studio and offered her the use of the gym's dance room. Susan followed through on the offer and started Above the Barre School of Dance in January 2003. The name is a play on her last name and a ballet barre. By June, ATB finished the short year with over 40 students. Over the next 3 years the school added a competitive Dance Company and expanded to 3 dance rooms and their own building entrance and lobby. In 2008 Thome Gymnastics closed and Above The Barre Dance & Gymnastics was born with a new focus, a remodeled facility and nearly 425 dancers and gymnasts. Growth continued and space became a problem. In 2014 ATB broke ground on a new Gymnastics facility on Berea Industrial Parkway with the backing of Petrocek properties, the Berea City Council and Mayor Kleem. In June 2015 the new 16,000 Sq. Ft. gym opened with all new equipment, 2 in ground trampolines, 3 foam pit systems, 2 dance rooms, a viewing balcony, a snack and study room and birthday party inflatables.

In 2016 the Bagley Rd facility was remodeled again with a unique pre-school gymnastics area, 6 dance rooms including a black box theater, dedicated stretch and acrobatic area, aerial arts area, student lounge and teacher break room.

Today, Above the Barre Dance and Gymnastics is Northeast Ohio’s premier dance and gymnastics facility featuring a staff of 50+ including 40+ instructors and coaches who are dedicated to serving over 1,200 enrolled students annually. ATB is unique in it's ability to offer beginner to advanced training in both Dance and Gymnastics for boys and girls.

Click on the link to take a virtual tour of our dance studio and gym and get a glimpse of all we have to offer.

Our Mission:

To build confidence and coordination through the use of arts and athletics

Our Motto:

Begin Here, Go Anywhere

Our Business:

  • Developing Coordination
  • Building Strong Minds and Bodies
  • Instilling Confidence
  • Impacting Young Lives
  • Creating a Passion for Arts and Athletics
  • Teaching Character, Goal Setting, Teamwork and Accountability
  • Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

When I started Above the Barre, I did it with the mission that I was going to impact children’s Lives and I was going to use Dance as the medium to do that. Our Mission Statement reflects this purpose. I was excited when we added Gymnastics because we could reach a whole new group of kids.
Parents have a lot of choices today in regards to selecting organized activities for their kids and I believe we have something special for all children as expressed in our Motto. Our programs provide a unique and safe environment for learning coordination, balance and teamwork. These are foundational life skills and lead to success in any activity your child may want to pursue.
-- Susan Barr, Owner ATB


Meet Owner Susan Barr

Susan Michael grew up in Western Pennsylvania where she was involved in Dance from childhood through College. In her teen years she danced competitively and started teaching and choreographing. Susan attended Grove City College where she continued to choreograph and perform in multiple productions every school year. She majored in Accounting and also continued to teach at her childhood studio.

After graduation Susan and her college sweetheart Jim Barr were married and moved to Cleveland. Jim started a career in IT and Susan worked as an Accountant and Project Manager for Key Bank. In 1999 daughter number 3 was born and Susan left her career to be a fulltime mom. Susan invested the next 3 years raising her girls and running Wednesday evening children's ministry at her church. In 2002 a conversation with Genie Thome led to the opening of Above the Barre in 2003 where Susan was able to re-ignite her passion for teaching dance.

Susan is a member of Dance Masters of America and board member of Dance Masters of Ohio. She is a graduate of DMA's Teacher Training School and holds certification in Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Acrobatic Arts. Susan is an active member of the Cecchetti Council of America and is certified to teach through Professional Grade 5. Susan also is a professional member of the USA Gymnastics and is Safety Certified. Above the Barre hosts two USAG-sanctioned gymnastics meets annually: Masquerade Extravaganza and a Boys AAU meet. Every year Susan attends numerous conventions and workshops across the country where she enjoys learning the latest styles of dance teaching techniques and gymnastics instruction.

“Dance has been a part of my life since I was 8 years old and I still get really inspired watching the kids grow up and attain goals they never thought possible. I love to see when things come together for the kids, that precious moment when they perform a skill on their own for the first time. When I started Above the Barre, I did it with the mission that I was going to impact children’s lives, and I was going to use Dance (and later Gymnastics!) as the medium to do that.”

Susan and Jim have been married for over 26 years and their 3 daughters Jessica, Christina and Ashley are all ATB alumnae and teachers.

Leadership Team

Christina Barr

Christina Barr

Christina is a professional dancer who loves working with Above the Barre. When she graduated high school, Christina got accepted into the Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester in New York City. Christina has been spotted in multiple music videos, countless dance magazines, and numerous YouTube videos. She was with Tokyo Disney preforming in King Triton’s Concert 2017-2018. Christina loves to inspire children to live their dreams and push themselves to be the best version of themselves.

Courtny Hermman

Courtny Hermman

Our Gymnastics Rec Manger, Courtny grew up with Gymnastics being her focus since she was 5 years old right here in Northeast Ohio. She trained all the way up to Level 8 and has since been coaching since 2003 and joined the Above the Barre family in 2008 teaching Super Star and Rising Star Gymnastics, Pre-Team, USAG Level 2 and Competitive AAU. Courtney is USAG, CPR, Concussion Safety Certified and completed a Positive Coaching course. The best part of coaching for Courtney is working with kids and seeing them come in every week excited to practice, “their little smiles brighten up my day!” When she has free time, Courtney loves to bake, and is pretty good at it.

Erianna Raib-Ptichkin

Erianna Raib-Ptichkin

Eri is a well-trained and experienced dance teacher from the Youngstown, Ohio area. In addition to over twenty years of dance training, Ms. Eri has studied extensively at the collegiate level, receiving both a B.A. and B.S from Youngstown State University, as well as being both CPR and Concussion Safety Certified. As an active member of Ohio Dance Masters and Dance Masters of America, she continues to share the art of dance in local high schools, state universities, and private studios. Teaching since 2003, Ms. Eri joined the Above the Barre family in 2013, and now works with the teachers and staff at ATB to create the best customer experience for you!

Jeff Vacha

Jeff Vacha

Jeff has spent over 30 years in this building and has been a coach here since 2008. He was a college gymnast at the University of Illinois in Chicago and has been coaching since 1997. Jeff loves this sport and everything it does for children’s strength, confidence and most importantly, having fun. He is USAG Safety Certified and is actually a registered professional disc golfer. In his free time, he loves to snowboard and throw Frisbees.

Nicole Hill

Nicole Hill

Nicole is a familiar face with Above The Barre since she is a Thome-Ohio Gymnastics Alumni and started coaching here at the age of 15. Throughout her 12 years of coaching, she has traveled around and gained knowledge throughout different programs! Currently she is our Compulsory Team Director who also enjoys being on our Marketing Team. Nicole graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2015 with a Liberal Arts Degree, Majoring in Public Relations and Minoring in Business Management. The sport of gymnastics and children have always been her passion, as she enjoys waking up everyday doing exactly what she loves to do in life! If she is not at the gym you can find her with her family and friends.

Office Support Staff

Connor Weekley

Connor Weekley

Connor has worked at ATB for 2 years as a customer service and front desk representative. He attends Cleveland State University and is entering his senior year for his Bachelors of Environmental Biology. In his free time he enjoys working out, playing video games, and hanging out with his girlfriend Makenna.

Cora Kaufhold

Cora Kaufhold

Cora has been working with Above the Barre in varying degrees since the doors opened in 2003. She has enjoyed taking part in creating graphics, marketing and even altering costumes for the Dance Company. Her four daughters have all grown up at ATB dancing or taking Ninja classes. She and her husband Tom live in North Ridgeville and enjoy camping and spending time with family and friends.

Donna Brinker

Donna Brinker

Donna has been a customer solutions specialist with Above the Barre for over 7 years. Donna has many duties at the front desk, however, her main focus is excellent customer service. Donna resides in Grafton Township with her husband of 33 years. She has 2 grown children, and she is adjusting to being an empty nester! When Donna is not working at Above the Barre, she enjoys traveling with friends & family and spending time with her 2 grandchildren. Donna is grateful to Above the Barre for all of the friendships she has made over the years.

Lisa Yesko

Lisa Yesko

Lisa is Above the Barre's Customer Service Manager. She joined our staff with over 25 years of customer service experience including over 4 years of office management experience in the customer service industry.

Melissa Boey

Melissa Boey

Melissa has recently joined the customer service team at Above the Barre but has been a part of the ATB family for years, spending time with her younger sister at dance competitions. She graduated from the University of Akron and works full time as a teacher for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Melissa lives in Brook Park and outside of work, loves spending time with her dog, Duke.

Dance Teachers

All ATB staff is concussion certified and background checked!

Abby Brinker

Abby Brinker

Abby is an ATB Alumni. She attained her Bachelor of Fine Arts while interning with Verb Ballet, S.A.F.E. Project with Alexandre Munz, and Ballet X's Chloe Felesina. Her commercial work includes being a company dancer for Matt Davenport Productions, The Smoky Mountain Opry, alongside Chris Blue (Season 12 Winner of The Voice.), and Cedar Point’s Luminosity. She just recently graduated from Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester in NYC with a concentration in Street Styles. She has taught/ choreographed for dance studios across Northeast Ohio and is excited to teach at her home studio!

Amanda Recko-Downing

Amanda Recko-Downing

Amanda was born and raised right here in the Cleveland area and now resides in Avon, Ohio. Amanda has been with Above the Barre since 2005 and has 30 plus years’ experience and training under her belt in dance. Amanda attended both Kent State and University of Toledo where she studied and majored in Dance. She was a member of KSU Dance Flash Force and Captain of the Toledo Rockettes and is currently a proud member of DMA Chapter #16 and Ohio Dance Masters. She also studied and assisted at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and at The Edge in LA. Amanda has performed as a dancer, singer and a magician’s assistant throughout the U.S. and abroad; also spending six summers and 8 fall seasons performing at Cedar Point Amusement Park. You can see her cutting edge, award-winning work in theaters, amusement parks and local studios throughout North America. Her teaching accolades include numerous regional and nation competitive Choreography & Technique Awards. Just some of her many awards for her performances include “Best Female Performer” IAPPA 2005-2007 and “Best Actress in a Musical” by The Scene. All of Amanda’s students are taught to practice what you perform, be confident, be committed, and of course have fun.

Ashley Barr

Ashley Barr

Bio coming soon!

Carla Pizzola

Carla Pizzola

Carla joined us here at Above the Barre in 2015 teaching Jazz Lyrical Ballet and Acro. Carla started dancing when she was just three years old and has over 25 years’ experience with competitive dance and performing. While attending Point Park College, she earned her degree in Dance with a concentration on Ballet and Jazz. Carla was also a member of the Pittsburgh Tap Ensemble and performed in multiple shows including “The Nutcracker” with the Ohio Ballet Theater and “The Jazz Nutcracker” with PoPC and spring show cases. Due to her love of dance and commitment, she has been awarded numerous scholarships and awards for dance and choreography. Here at ATB, Carla fell in love with teaching due to watching her students grow and excel all while having a smile on their faces, “I love watching that lightbulb go off when they get something right; and then to watch them live their dreams while dancing on cruise-lines, college dance teams and even going pro.” Not only is Carla a great asset here at ATB as a dance instructor, but she also is a talented hair stylist in Independence, OH. When she’s not at the dance studio or salon, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children where they live in Westlake.

Carlin Dixon

Carlin Dixon

Above the Barre’s Hip Hop, Boy’s Next, and Adult Hip Hop classes has the pleasure of having Carlin be the instructor since 2014. Carlin has achieved many accomplishments working with different organizations, the performing arts and helping others. At Berea Mid Park High School, he was a part of the Theater program, Concert Choir, Key Club, program director for the Annual Black History Celebration and the peer mediation program. In just his first year of college at Write State University, Carlin became Vice President of his freshman class for the Black Student Union and led many events throughout the year including a suicide prevention event. He was a part of an award-winning dance group and was voted to be Chaplian for two Christian organizations on campus, one being a Gospel choir. At his home church, and many other in Cleveland, Carlin has choreographed and coordinated dance ministries, including his own Team Victory and for the guys Dance Too Program with the Cleveland Ballet. With life lessons and excellent dance moves, his teaching style is very inspiring to those in his class and is “honored to be part of the ATB family.”

Denise Bryant

Denise Bryant

Denise Bryant has over 42 years of teaching experience. Denise has danced both on stage and on television. For 24 years she owned and operated the Denise Bryant Studio of Dance in Tallmadge. Denise is now happy to be sharing her knowledge of dance with several students in various locations. She is currently serving as President of Ohio Dance Masters and is also a member of Dance Masters of America, and the Cecchetti Council of America (where she serves as Scholarship Chairperson). Denise choreographed Bye, Bye Birdie for Tallmadge High School and Fiddler On the Roof, Oliver, My Fair Lady and The Wizard of Oz for The Dynamics, an intergenerational theater group in Tallmadge. Denise has taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Acro, Modern and Lyrical. She participates in workshops and master classes to continue learning about this living art we call Dance.

Erianna Raib-Ptichkin

Erianna Raib-Ptichkin

Our Dance Manager Eri is a well-trained and experienced dance teacher from the Youngstown, Ohio area. In addition to over twenty years of dance training, Ms. Eri has studied extensively at the collegiate level, receiving both a B.A. and B.S from Youngstown State University, as well as being both CPR and Concussion Safety Certified. As an active member of Ohio Dance Masters and Dance Masters of America, she continues to share the art of dance in local high schools, state universities, and private studios. Teaching since 2003, Ms. Eri joined the Above the Barre family in 2013, and now works with the teachers and staff at ATB to create the best customer experience for you!

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly is currently a senior business student at Kent State University. Before attending college, she danced with Above the Barre for 15 years as well as participated in cheerleading for Olmsted Falls High School. Since then, Grace has continued her training at Kent and now produces choreography for Above the Barre. Grace continues to be passionate about inspiring her students to be confident and skilled dancers and humans.

Holly Kuhn

Holly Kuhn

Miss Holly has training in a variety of styles of dance, but her true passion is west coast style jazz. She has studied coast to coast over the years and is certified through Dance Educators of America and Acrobatic Arts. After owning her own studio, judging and master teaching for numerous competitions and conventions, her teaching experience is now 30 plus years. Many of her students have gone on professionally and are currently operating their own dance companies. Her pride and joy are her two children. Her son, Tanner, will be a senior this year at Amherst Steele High School and Rylie will be an upcoming freshman and also is one of our own as an elite ATB dance company member. Miss Holly is thrilled to have found a home at Above the Barre and is honored to be a part of your children's dance journeys this season and years to come.

Jessica Barr

Jessica Barr

Jessica is a native of Cleveland Ohio. She comes from a dancing family and an Alumni of Above the Barre. At a young age she trained in dance and gymnastics winning many state and national titles including Miss Dance of Ohio 2013. Jessica has studied at Broadway Dance Center in New York City under the direction of Bonnie Erickson getting to preform on the Alvin Ailey Stage. She has worked professionally for Norwegian Cruise Lines as and dancer and aerialist through the mediterranean and caribbean. Jessica has a huge passion for choreography and training. Her choreography has been recognized on the regional and national level.

Joellen Wojtowicz

Joellen Wojtowicz

Joellen began her dance training with Sylvia Hamer, FISTD, in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet, passing student examinations in grades 1-Intermediate. Ms. Joellen furthered her studies at Texas Christian University with the Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship and received her BFA in Ballet. Her performing experiences include the Ann Arbor Civic Ballet, the TCU Dance Ensemble, Ballet Concerto, Allegro Dance Theatre, Chattanooga Ballet, Fort Wayne Ballet, and touring Europe with the Contemporary Dance Company. She has been a guest performing artist with the Lancaster Ballet in Lancaster, Ohio, with Keith Lee and his Newworldance Experience at Centre College in Kentucky, and the Orange Grove Dancers in Chattanooga, TN. Joellen’s performance experience includes Odette from Swan Lake, Giselle and Myrtha from Act II, Giselle, Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker, Blue Bird pas de deux from Act III, Sleeping Beauty, Helena from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Eve from Frank Hay’s Creation, and many other classical and original ballet, modern, and jazz works. Most recently, Ms. Joellen joins us from Chattanooga Ballet where she served as School, Outreach, and School Ensemble Director. Prior to that position, she served on faculty for Chattanooga Ballet, Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne Ballet, and Allegro Dance Theatre. She has also choreographed for Chattanooga Ballet, Chattanooga Ballet School Ensemble, CB Children’s Company & Junior Corps, Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, The Baylor School, Orange Grove Dancers, Fort Wayne Ballet, and directed the Fort Wayne Ballet Youth Company & Youth Company too. Ms. Joellen has also taught various master classes and workshops for the University of Mississippi for Women, Middle Tennessee State University, Ballet Arts, En Pointe Dance Studio in Celina, OH., Sylvia Studio of Dance, and several other schools/organizations. Ms. Joellen is an associate teacher member of Cecchetti Council of America and has passed grades 1 through Elementary teacher examinations. In 2012, she received her Master of Arts in Education/Adult Education and Training from University of Phoenix. And, is a licensed provider of Fletcher Pilates Towelwork®, Floorwork® and BarreworkTM

Kristin Daniel

Kristin Daniel

Kristin Daniel, an accomplished artist in her own right, became enamored with performing at a very young age. Knowing she wanted to pursue her passion for the arts, she moved to Los Angeles after graduating from The University of Louisiana-Lafayette in Business Administration to work as a professional dancer. Working between Los Angeles and New Orleans, Kristin earned several credits, including: GLEE, Grey’s Anatomy, Carrie Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova” music video, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. She worked as Choreographer for ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club and Assistant to choreographers Tyce Diorio and Lindsay Nelko on the hit show “So You Think You Can Dance?”. In addition to traveling the country Choreographing, conducting Master Classes, and judging competitions, Kristin is now in her third year of owning her own business, Distinction Arts Co., which hosts her annual dance intensive & charity organization fundraiser: Distinction Dance Intensive. constantly immersing herself into her craft, she is thrilled and excited to continue furthering her career as an artistic force in the industry.

Monica Olejko

Monica Olejko

Monica, known to the Above the Barre family as “Miss Mo” has been teaching dance for over 40 years and has been with us at ATB since 2007. With training in tap, ballet, jazz and ethnic dancing, Miss Mo has been choreographing musicals for all ages from preschool to high school in professional theatres for over 30 years. She also studied in New York with Wayne Ciliento, Onna White, Tommy Tune, Alvin Ailey and Graziela Daniele; also including the study of African movement and dance while in Zimbabwe, Africa while performing for the Harare International Arts Festival. She also choreographed the Olympic Diving and Acrobatic show at Sea World. This award winning performer continues to choreograph and direct theatre right here in Ohio. Miss Mo keeps busy and is a voice-over artist for American Greetings and Little Tyke Toys. When Miss Mo isn’t dancing or directing, she loves to spend time with her grandchildren, “They are the reason I was born.”

Rachel Magliola

Rachel Magliola

Dance Manager Rachel has been a part of the Above the Barre family since 2007 and is responsible for managing and setting the direction of the preschool and developmental programs. She instructs dance from Preschool Dance to Teen Dance and much more in between. Coming from a family of dancers and performers, Rachel has a long resume with her experience and training. She trained under her mother Margaret Holden and later studied dance at the University of Akron where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Art in Dance. Rachel has studied the Kostrovitskaya Pedagogical method with Dr. Peggy Willis-Aarnio and worked with choreographers Michael Medcalf, Garry Abbott, Peter Kalivas, Germaul Barnes, Linda Kahn and Young Park. She is also a former member of Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theater and worked with Tap Cleveland. Rachel’s performance experience includes musical theatre productions in New York, Tennessee, and Northeast Ohio. She is a certified member of Dance Masters of America and Cecchetti Council of America. Her goal in teaching every class is that every child gets the same chance and attention to learn skills and to most importantly, to have lots of fun.

Tomas Padegimas

Tomas Padegimas

Tomas Padegimas is a native Clevelander with a deep-rooted passion for the visual and musical arts. In high school, Tomas discovered ballroom dance as a new venue for artistic expression which eventually led to his commitment to become certified as a Junior Associates Bronze instructor by the Professional Dance Vision International Dance Association (DIVIDA), and start his professional dance career. Alongside working as a ballroom instructor, he is presently studying Economics and Civil Engineering at Cleveland State University. Tomas believes in concise and to-the-point teaching instruction but maintains that as with the origins of the sport--a light-hearted and energetic approach is a vital component to keeping ballroom dancing authentic. Tomas is thrilled to become a member of the ATB dance family and the opportunity to work with such a diverse and talented group of dancers.

Tori Taylor

Tori Taylor

Tori is a 2012 graduate from Austintown Fitch High School where she was an active member of the Concert Choir. She teaches tap, hip hop, lyrical/contemporary, jazz, and musical theater at Steppin Out Dance Center, owned by her mother, Rose Taylor. In January of 2018, she became a licensed esthetician after completing her schooling at the prestigious Casal Aveda Institute. As a competitor, Tori has won numerous awards on the regional and national level, including the Kids Artistic Revue 2012 Miss Dance America. Her choreography has won numerous regional and national awards, including multiple national champion overalls.

Gymnastic Coaches

All ATB staff is concussion certified and background checked!

Brittany Garfalo

Brittany Garfalo

Brittney started working at with us in October 2016, but started training personal goals here in the adult open gym in 2014. Since childhood, she has always had a huge passion for gymnastics and was naturally talented, copying videos and televised gymnastics meets until she started tumbling classes. Brittney has been a preschool teacher for over six years, so when the opportunity to coach the sport she loves came up, she couldn't say no! Above The Barre is very special to her from the very start because its a family environment that feels like home. "The support of the coaches and staff with families and students, is undoubtedly the best part of ATB" When Brittney is not coaching, she loves to spend all her time with her daughter and boyfriend. She is studying to one day become a physical therapist.

Courtny Hermman

Courtny Hermman

Our Gymnastics Rec Manger, Courtny grew up with Gymnastics being her focus since she was 5 years old right here in Northeast Ohio. She trained all the way up to Level 8 and has since been coaching since 2003 and joined the Above the Barre family in 2008 teaching Super Star and Rising Star Gymnastics, Pre-Team, USAG Level 2 and Competitive AAU. Courtney is USAG, CPR, Concussion Safety Certified and completed a Positive Coaching course. The best part of coaching for Courtney is working with kids and seeing them come in every week excited to practice, “their little smiles brighten up my day!” When she has free time, Courtney loves to bake, and is pretty good at it.

Elisa Davis

Elisa Davis

Elisa was a gymnast for 7 years. She loves helping out with kids! Her passion for kids started when she became an Aunt at five years old.

Jeff Vacha

Jeff Vacha

Jeff has spent over 30 years in this building and has been a coach here since 2008. He was a college gymnast at the University of Illinois in Chicago and has been coaching since 1997. Jeff loves this sport and everything it does for children’s strength, confidence and most importantly, having fun. He is USAG Safety Certified and is actually a registered professional disc golfer. In his free time, he loves to snowboard and throw Frisbees.

Joe Zitriki

Joe Zitriki

Joe is currently a student at Cleveland State University working towards becoming a Physical Therapist. He earned his Black Belt in karate at age 15 and later started parkour and tricking. He soon became a tumbling coach and has continued ever since 2010. Since then he has added break dancing, martial arts weapons training (such as double nunchucks, bo staff, rope dart), popping/animation, and capoeira to his list of skills. He has participated in competitive cheerleading and has also cheered for CSU. He has coached at Camp Woodward with world famous athlete Kie Willis as well as Ohio Cheer Explosion, Tracy’s Karate Studio, Caliber Dance Company and Steel City Parkour. Joe is a former Pararescue Candidate in the U.S. Air Force Special Operations, and is also a certified Personal training by the American Council on Exercise. Joe is exceptionally well rounded and is willing to help anyone achieve their goals no matter what they might be.

Meghan Riley

Meghan Riley

Coach Meghan started here at ATB in June 2016; however, she started training at Above the Barre in 2015, as well as training 13 years prior. She was introduced to gymnastics at the age of 3 when her parents signed her up for a class. Meghan grew a passion for gymnastics and was a part of the Magnificat High School Gymnastics Team all 4 years. All of Meghans training brought her to ATB where she “improved on every event including front handspring front tucks, clear hips and especially bars”. Since she is not competing anymore, her love of teaching has only grown. Coach Meghan loves teaching and helping kids accomplish the goals they want to reach as well as having fun. “ATB is so special because everyone wants the best for all the students and wants them to succeed”. Meghan is currently a student at Baldwin Wallace University majoring in Healthcare.

Morgan Dwulat

Morgan Dwulat

Coach Morgan first join the ATB Family in August of 2015. Her love for Gymnastics started at the age of 3 when her parents signed her sister and her up for a pre-school gymnastics class. She stayed with the sport, training all the way up to Optional Level and cheerleading; tumbling being her favorite area. “I enjoy teaching because I love to see kids advance in a sport they are passionate about. It’s great to see them get so excited over a new skill. Our students are always so determined to get better and better themselves”, says Coach Morgan. Currently, she is finishing her second year of college at Tri-C and soon transferring to Cleveland State to finish her bachelors in Forensic Criminology. Fun fact, Morgan is a triplet and loves run, shop, and hang out with her friends.

Nate Geffert

Nate Geffert

Nate has been coaching gymnastics for over 17 years. During this time he has coached both private club and high school teams, coaching to State and Regional titles in both team and individual events. Nate joined the ATB family in 2012 and has coached men’s and women’s gymnastics at levels 3-9 as well as Xcel and recreational classes. He is a professional member of USA Gymnastics and holds a number of coaching certificates through USAG University including Safety and Risk Management and Junior Olympic Development Coach Certification. His passion is helping students to not only become better gymnasts, but also become better all-around people. Nate is married and has a 2 year old daughter who loves spending time at the gym as much as her daddy.

Nico Oliveros

Nico Oliveros

Bio Coming Soon!

Nicole Shank

Nicole Shank

Nicole has been coaching gymnastics for 20 years and is also a judge for levels 2-10. To expand her knowledge in the sport, she moved to California to work for an elite level gym, Charter Oak Gliders. Working with some of the best coaches in the county enabled her to be very successful nationally in the TOPs program ( pre-elite) as well as producing state and regional champions in levels 6-10. Nicole was previously the head coach at a gym, where she coached gymnasts onto the TOPs National Team, coached the level 7 team state champions as well as level 7 and 8 individual regional champions. Teaching children confidence in their gymnastics skills and in themselves are her favorite parts of coaching.

Sam Caspio

Sam Caspio

Bio coming soon!

Tommy Case

Tommy Case

Tommy Case was born and raised in Mentor, Ohio and has a background in martial arts tricking. Tommy has been training and traveling with this sport for over 6 years. He decided that coaching would be an amazing fit for his lifestyle, spreading his love for movement and everything he knows about it has became a passion of his. Tommy is excited to continue coaching at Above the Barre, seeing plenty of new faces, and most importantly, plenty of progression!